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Pakistan’s only sign language cafe

The family-run cafe like no other where you have to sign to get served
This cafe in Pakistan is one of a kind. To get served you have to use sign language. It’s run by the Raza family: mum, dad and brothers are deaf or partially hearing. They say they’ve experienced challenges in the country and the cafe is changing attitudes.  

Image: Cafe founder Sheikh Faizan Raza makes the sign for 'minute', Credit: BBC
Mary Russell met a fellow dwarf during the trip through Vietnam

Beth Rose

BBC News

Mary Russell, a black woman with dwarfism, set off on a 900-mile journey through Vietnam with five other disabled people but quickly learned they were far from like-minded.

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Deaf children give their advice about how you can help them understand better.
Deaf children give their advice about how you can help them understand better.

Disabled people living in poverty, says Labour front bencher

Tom Edwards

Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary spelt out her concerns about disabled people during a visit to Worcester today.

Debbie Abrahams was at Deaf Direct in Lowesmoor speaking to charities about cuts in support.

Debbie Abrahams

She said four million disabled people are in poverty and in need of extra support.

We want to transform the culture around social security. We recognise its there for people in their time of need, it's like the NHS. Nine out of ten disabilities are acquired, so it could happen to you, it could happen to me."

Debbie AbrahamsShadow work and pensions secretary